According to a press release from Cambria, the company has filed antidumping and countervailing duty petitions on quartz surface products from India and Turkey with the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. International Trade Commission. The petitions states that Indian and Turkish producers have used dumping and foreign government subsidies to gain an unfair advantage in the U.S. market. They allege dumping margins that average 344.11% for India and 89.38% for Turkey.
Cambria’s petitions were filed on the eve of the final hearing at the U.S. International Trade Commission for the case against traded imports from China. In the case against Chinese imports, the Department of Commerce issued preliminary countervailing duty rates in the range of 34.48 to 190.99% and preliminary antidumping rates in the range of 242.10 to 341.29%.
The petitions allege that Indian and Turkish producers benefit from numerous subsidy programs provided by the Indian and Turkish Governments, including grants, loans, tax breaks, and the provision of land, electricity, and raw material inputs at below market prices.
In addition, the petitions allege that the increase in Indian and Turkish imports has injured the domestic industry and threatens further damage if duties to offset India and Turkey’s unfair trade practices are not imposed. The petitions will be investigated by the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. International Trade Commission. If both agencies make affirmative determinations, preliminary relief from Indian and Turkish imports could be imposed in October 2019, with final duties imposed in June 2020.